CHOCOLATE company Ferrero have said they take “food safety extremely seriously” after a recall was issued for Kinder Surprise eggs over a possible link to a salmonella outbreak.
The food producers said they “sincerely apologize” for the matter – but added that none of their products have tested positive for salmonella.
This comes after food safety chiefs in Ireland issued an urgent recall on Kinder Surprise eggs.
The Kinder Surprise singular egg at 20g and the Kinder Surprise pack at 20g x 3 with best before date between July 11 2022 and October 7 2022 have been recalled.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said there have been 10 cases of food poisoning linked to the chocolate, a number of which have involved young children.
They added that the Irish cases have involved the same strain of Salmonella that has been detected in the UK.
The watchdogs said: “The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today advises that a food recall by Ferrero of some Kinder Surprise chocolate products is underway due to a link with a food poisoning outbreak of Salmonella.
“The FSAI, together with the Health Protection Surveillance Center of the HSE, is investigating this ongoing food poisoning outbreak which is affecting Ireland, the UK and a number of other European countries.
“To date, there have been ten cases in Ireland with the same strain of Salmonella responsible for the UK outbreak.
“A number of these Irish cases have involved young children, all of whom have fully recovered. The FSAI is warning consumers who may have the recalled products at home not to eat them.”
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Ferrero confirmed to the Irish Sun that the company is co-operating with both the UK Food Standards Agency and the FSAI.
In a statement the company said: “Although none of our Kinder products released to market have tested positive for Salmonella, and we have received no consumer complaints, we are taking this extremely seriously as consumer care is our top priority.
“As a precaution, we have taken the decision to voluntarily recall Kinder Surprise 20g and Kinder Surprise 20g x 3 pack in the UK and Ireland with Best Before Dates between 11th July 2022 and 7th October 2022. These products are manufactured in Belgium.
“We are working with retailers to ensure that these products are no longer available for purchase.
“We take matters of food safety extremely seriously and we sincerely apologize for this matter.”